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School of Advanced Studies (SAS) is an elite honors college that features the most talented and highly motivated students from Russia and abroad in dialogue across the social sciences and humanities, life sciences and IT. It is a key institution at the University of Tyumen (UTMN). At SAS, we provide a unique opportunity of getting an innovative international undergraduate degree taught by professors from around the world fully in English.

(01) Why a Bachelor’s degree at SAS?

  • A multidisciplinary curriculum;
  • An international education: 20+ full-time professors from 16 countries and 30+ visiting professors from all around the world, most of them having received their PhDs from the world’s top 100 universities;
  • The choice between 6 majors at the end of the second year;
  • An option to add one of the 8 minors;
  • Interactive classes with less than 15 students;
  • Study in English: no knowledge of Russian is required;
  • An opportunity to see the real Russia: experience Siberian lifestyle in the Russian capital for oil and gas industry; Tyumen is an edgy and dynamic city full of young people and an enriching social environment.

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(03) How to Apply

Interested international candidates can enter an SAS BA program in two ways:

The three scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver for the program's entire duration, visa support, health insurance, and a guaranteed place in a recently renovated, affordable dormitory.

Step 1. Read the call and check the requirements.
If you have any questions please contact us. However, we encourage you to read our FAQ section first.
Make sure you apply not later than March 20, 2022.
After the application is submitted, the SAS Expert Board reviews all applications and selects the finalists for an interview.
The interview is conducted by at least two members of the SAS Expert Board and is focused on your English language skills, interdisciplinary mindset, and broad interests.

In April 2022, the SAS Expert Board will inform successful candidates that they are recommended for the scholarship. The Board will also create a waiting list according to the results of the interviews.

The scholarship award is conditional upon successful completion of the entrance exams (online or on-campus). If a person recommended for the scholarship fails them, the scholarship might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list.

You need to neither know Russian nor pass exams in Russian to apply to SAS, as opposed to most Russian universities. In April 2022, you will be invited to take the entrance exams in English (online or on-campus) — 1) The English language test, 2) Essay, 3) Interview

Reminder: All students take the same courses during the first two years of Bachelor’s degree. Аt the end of the second year, you will be able to declare your major. Your major is going to determine the type of BA diploma you are going to receive upon successful completion of all courses. E.g. If you choose to major in IT, your diploma is going to state “Bachelor in Information Technologies”.

In case the entrance exams are successfully passed, you will receive confirmation about the scholarship award.

Please note that you cannot continue participating in the contest if the entrance exams are failed, so the scholarship might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list.

We expect you to accept the scholarship award within five working days; otherwise, it might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list. Please note that the order for admission will be issued not earlier than June 20, 2022, i.e., when the official admission campaign starts (June 20 — August 21, 2022).
Before you come to Tyumen, you must make sure you have a full set of documents ready and in hands. You are expected to be in Tyumen by August 21, 2022. The academic year starts on September 1, 2022. In case the borders are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will organize your studies online until you can physically come to us.
SAS offers six educational tracks, which correspond to contemporary practices in relevant disciplines at world-class universities.

Entrance exams: You need to neither know Russian nor pass exams in Russian to apply to SAS, as opposed to most Russian universities. From March to July 2022, you will be able to take the entrance exams in English (online or on-campus) — 1) The English language test, 2) Essay, 3) Interview

Reminder: All students take the same courses during the first two years of Bachelor’s degree. Аt the end of the second year, you will be able to declare your major. Your major is going to determine the type of BA diploma you are going to receive upon successful completion of all courses. E.g. If you choose to major in IT, your diploma is going to state “Bachelor in Information Technologies”.

Tuition fees: The tuition fee is the same for all majors 286,000.00 RUB per year (~3,800.00 USD). Every six months, SAS chooses its best students. The first 15 people on the rating receive a 100-percent discount for the next six months of their studies, while students placed between the 16th and the 30th positions receive a 50-percent discount.

Application deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with no admission fee from December 1 to July 15, 2022.

The applicants must submit all the following required documents to apply_sas@utmn.ru:

  • A scanned copy of your passport (valid for at least 1.5 years after the supposed date of your arrival);
  • A high school diploma (or an academic certificate confirming you are this year’s graduate) as well as the official transcript of records (both translated in English).
The Admission Committee checks if your documents are in order. In case they are, you are invited to take entrance exams.
See Step 2 and FAQ: What minimum amount of points must I receive for the entrance exams to be enrolled?

If a) you have taken entrance exams between February 1 and June 15, 20212 and b) you have got enough points to study at SAS, you will receive a conditional offer of admission.

FAQ: What is a conditional offer of admission?

After the conditional offer of admission is accepted, you must pay for your studies. Please note that the order for admission will not be issued until you pay for at least six months of your studies. Orders for admission are not issued after August 31, 2022.

Before you come to Tyumen, you shall prepare a full set of documents for the enrollment ready and in hands. You are expected to be in Tyumen by August 21, 2022. The academic year starts on September 1, 2022. In case the borders are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will organize your studies online until you can physically come to us.

(04) FAQ

The minimum GPA score shall be 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale). You can consult different GPA scales here.

The minimal English test scores are the following: IELTS — 6.5, TOEFL — 79.

You do not need to know Russian if you want to study at SAS.

Yes, we can organize an introductory course. You also will be able to join the Russian Speaking Club.

It takes around a week (from the date of the request) for an Admission Committee to decide if your documents are in order and you can take the entrance exams.

SAS curriculum is based on the “2+2 model”. This means that the first two year of the Bachelor’s Degree students study the same core courses and are free to choose various electives that are aimed to introduce different majors that start as of Year 3. Upon completion of the first two years students are to declare a major, which in other words means “major area of focus”. SAS offers 6 different majors. A major consists of more advanced courses that build up on the knowledge that students obtained in the first two year of study. The degree that the student graduate with depends on the chosen major, e.g. Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Cultural Studies and other.

For the first two years all international students study in Arts and Humanities major, until they declare their choices at the end of Year 2.

A conditional offer of admission means that a student is going to be admitted to the university after meeting certain requirements that are not met at the moment when the application is submitted. Those requirements include: submission of the translation of the passport and High School Diploma to Russian Language, completing the first installment of the tuition fees (for fee paying students), submitting hard copies of legalized documents (High School Diploma) to the Admission Committee.

(01) The English language test: not less than 60 out of 100 points;
(02) Essay: not less than 55 out of 100 points;
(03) Interview: not less than 55 out of 100 points.

The following documents have to presented to Admission Committee in hard copies upon arrival:

  • Passport or non-citizen travel documents;
  • A notarized Russian translation of your passport;
  • Official educational documents with an academic transcript indicating the subjects you studied and the grades (points) you received;
  • A notarized Russian translation of the official educational documents that must be duly legalized. You can read about legalization here.

Reminder: For submitting an application and taking entrance exams a student can submit documents in English. Translated documents are needed at the later stage for the official enrollment procedure.

Yes, you need a student visa to study in Russia. We will be able to provide you with an invitation letter only after you successfully pass entrance exams and accept the conditional admissions offer. It takes 21 working days (from the date the International Relations Department submits your documents at the Federal Migration Service) for it to be issued.

There are more than five daily connections from the Moscow airports to Tyumen. The flight takes 2,5 hours. Sheremetyevo (SVO) to Tyumen: Aeroflot. Domodedovo (DME) to Tyumen: S7 Airlines, Yamal, and Ural Airlines. Vnukovo (VKO) to Tyumen: Utair. Check the Aviasales website (a Russian equivalent of the Skyscanner online travel agency) to find the best option. Tyumen is well-connected to the most major Russian cities by train. The ticket from Moscow to Tyumen costs ~5,000.00 RUB (~80.00 USD). The ride takes about 30 hours. Check the Russian Railways website.

Tyumen’s climate is very changeable and is significantly different from the weather typical for Central Russia. In general, it is classified as a humid continental climate. Winter in Tyumen lasts from three to four months. Summer lasts for about three months, but it is quite warm. The average temperature in January is –15ºС / 5°F (the coldest month of the year). The average temperature in July is +24ºС / 75°F (the warmest month of the year).

We recommend you to think carefully about the winter clothes. Make sure you have (or are ready to buy) the following items: a warm jacket, jumpers, a beanie, a pair of gloves, a scarf, thick socks, leggings or thick tights, boots.

Tyumen consistently ranks near the top in Russia for its standard of living, infrastructure, safety, and quality of medical care. If you do not plan to rent an apartment and stay in a dormitory, you need between 20,000.00 RUB and 25,000.00 RUB (between 315.00 USD and 400.00 USD) per month to live well.

Check the cost of living comparison between your city and Tyumen. 

SAS students live in a brand new dormitory in a 15-minute walk from SAS. Check the video tour here. Price depends on the room type. It varies from 1800.00 RUB (~30.00 USD) to 2500.00 RUB (~40.00 USD) per month.

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